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Nov 30, 2009

Nov 30, 2009

CDC: Flu activity eases, but child deaths still climb

(CIDRAP News) – The number of states with widespread pandemic flu activity dropped for the third week in a row, but the virus continued to take a heavy toll on children, with at least 27 more pediatric deaths reported the week of Nov 15 to 21, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Nov 24, 2009

Nov 24, 2009

Novartis unveils US cell-based flu vaccine plant

(CIDRAP News) – The era of cell-based influenza vaccine production in the United States seemed to move closer today as Novartis unveiled its new, nearly billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Holly Springs, N.C., but onshore production and marketing of cell-based vaccines remains a few years away.

Nov 13, 2009

Nov 13, 2009

WHO notes H1N1 up in some regions, leveling in others

(CIDRAP News) –Pandemic activity is showing early signs of peaking in some parts of North America, but is on the rise in several European countries as well as those in Central and Eastern Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Nov 12, 2009

Nov 12, 2009

WHO stresses antiviral use in high-risk H1N1 patients

(CIDRAP News) – Citing reports that hospitals and clinics in some countries are being overwhelmed by pandemic influenza cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) today put an exclamation on its advice about the importance of prompt antiviral treatment for high-risk patients.

Nov 11, 2009

Nov 11, 2009

Officials take a heartland look at pandemic vaccine messages

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to gauge how pandemic vaccine messages are being received outside the Washington, DC, beltway, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday held a tabletop exercise in Minneapolis and included participants from local media outlets and public health departments.

Nov 06, 2009

Nov 06, 2009

Pandemic flu keeps strong grip on US

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity continues its vigorous spread across the United States, with 48 states experiencing widespread activity and reports of 18 more deaths in children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Nov 05, 2009

Nov 05, 2009

WHO warns countries not to underestimate pandemic virus

(CIDRAP News) –An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) today said he expects serious cases and deaths as pandemic flu activity picks up in the Northern Hemisphere, and he warned people not to underestimate the virus, even though illnesses are often mild.

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